Neil Adams comfortable with his backroom team as he aims to bring back the Norwich City smiles

Norwich City's Under-18s coaching team in 2013 of Neil Adams (left) and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City's Under-18s coaching team in 2013 of Neil Adams (left) and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
5:13 PM

Manager Neil Adams believes his new backroom team ticks every box, as they look to steer Norwich City back to the Premier League.

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The appointments of Gary Holt as first-team coach alongside Mark Robson, plus former City star Joe Royle in a new role of football consultant, were confirmed on Monday afternoon.

And Adams is happy the balance is right to get City fans smiling again after a difficult season that ended with Premier League relegation.

“We have said over the last year these supporters want to see Norwich playing good attractive football,” said Adams. “We want to get people smiling again and off their seats when they come to Carrow Road.

“But they also want to see work rate, they want to see players feel it means something to wear the Norwich City shirt. I’ve always said fans will generally tend to stick with you if they see you giving 100pc as a player.

“We have to do that as well, as a coaching team, and when you’ve got people who have seen that here – like myself, Gary and Joe – they know what it’s about and what it means to the supporters.”

Robson’s involvement in the first team continues from last season, when he was promoted from Under-21s manager to help out Adams.

As for Holt, he departed his position as Falkirk manager on Monday to take the new role at his former club.

“I worked with Gary in the FA Youth Cup win, just before he left for Falkirk, and before that as well,” said Adams. “We know each other very well, we work together very well and obviously now he’s had that year’s experience managing in Scotland, which has helped his development.

“Gary and Mark will provide a nice balance to the coaching team. Gary is no nonsense, likes the discipline, likes the players to be on time – I think that’s a bit of a background from his army days that has never left him.

“With Mark’s hunger and enthusiasm too – and it is about how we get the team playing and how we get results – but I just feel comfortable we’ve got a nice balance there. Three people, including myself, who have all played at the highest level, Gary and myself with big links to the club as well, and the important thing is we get the right people, not just those that tick the right boxes.

“Certainly with my two coaches, I’m very confident and comfortable with them that we’ll be able to get the right messages to the players, to make sure the players are at it and that we play football the right way.”

While Royle’s appointment was more of a surprise for supporters, Adams is delighted to have him on board.

“Joe was one of the first people I called when I got the job,” he added. “Everybody knows Joe Royle in the game. He’s been there, seen it, done it, knows what this club is about and he knows the game.

“He’s basically here to give me a steer. To tick the box that I have in terms of experience – there’s no one more experienced then Joe and he’s someone there I can turn to for advice on anything.

“He has huge contacts in the game, and will certainly help with player recruitment.”

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  • Same theory i've got on Chester. Im sure he will remain professional but knowing hes leaving (likely ready to walk into which ever Championship Hughton rocks up at) why would he overly help us obtain players he may well want for his next clubs gaffer?

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • That`s the one, Matt. Chris Wood. As you say, players like Vokes could be in the mix. If promoted clubs "do a Iwan" who knows? Perhaps unpromoted Derby will jettison Chris Martin for free? I`m not holding out any hope that Chester`s death throes will bring much joy, Cecil! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Interesting statistical analysis, MB.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Dont worry MB I understood that as well :) In terms of the player your trying to think of its Chris Wood I believe. Good player! Saw him on loan at Millwall the other year. Could be just what we need! If Hughton was here still im convinced he would have finally signed Amoebi after 105 years of linking him with us. Think it will depend on who is available. Like you mentioned Murray could be a good option should palace deem him surplus to requirements (or do an NCFC and get ideas above their station and sign a striker for a massive fee forgetting their own cult hero). I wonder whether Burnley may splash out on a striker and therefore leave ex NCFC loanee Sam Vokes looking for a move. He & Ings worked brilliant together and potentially he and Hooper could do well together. All pie in the sky of course as we dont have a clue whose out there currently. Heck Mr Chester's final leaving present could be an unknown from europe.Im sure there is talent out there at much better prices than those in the UK.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I`m sure Hooper has it in him to succeed at Champ level. A target man would be good, TK. Glenn Murray? Anybody have any likely candidates? There`s a young NZ lad, at Leicester, I think, ex of WBA. Forgotten his name. Well, I am older than Joe Royle... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I`ve just been musing, in statistical mode, over last season`s Championship Table. The Top 3 - who were a fair bit ahead of the `pack`, averaged, per game, 1.74 goals for - 0.96 against. The teams in 4th-6th place group were also of a muchness; 1.28 for - 0.96 against. (Despite that gap, Flush `Arry`s QPR robbed 3rd place Derby in the play-off lottery). Hughton`s Norwich averaged 0.74 for - 1.63 against. To get into the elite goup in The Champ, our team has to more than double its `per game` goal yield, and almost halve goals conceded. A big ask for Neil & his team; a huge sea-change, even a Division down. Apologies to LincsCan for stealing his statistical shirt ;-). Hi, Lobbo!! The trouble with posting comments is that the tone and meaning may not always be clear. I can see why you thought I was being unpleasant\unkind to Matt, but I am, on his side, honestly! I just didn`t want him to be dragged down into the nether world of `I know it all, everyone else is a numpty` etc. PS. I expect a good season from Little Benno ;-)) Pax Canaria.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Now we have the management team sorted out, lets go and find those players who were missing from the jigsaw puzzle last season then we can look forward to the big kick off. All I would ask of the management team is that they recognise when things are not working and instigate a Plan B, we have no divine right to win but lets always be prepared to give it our best shot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • 'Brew' just read your reply on the Joe Royle thread. Fair play. Your exuberant postings are a pleasure.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Mattias333........I guess NA would settle for a toothless grin!!

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I love how Adams says "We want to get fans off their seats & smiling again"......NCFC and the overzealous men in orange jackets spent most of last season destroying the Atmosphere in the lower Barclay and now he wants us standing up again....and smiling? Does Neil not know most of my fellow lower Barclay Season Ticket holders are not as blessed in the teeth department? In fact most have more fingers than they do teeth and he wants us smiling? ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Plenty of goals for and against. Entertainment. Mid table finish. Beat ITFC. Everybody will be happy.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I was initially underwhelmed by Neil Adams' appointment and the announcement of his backroom staff did little to improve my mood. However, reading this article and actually hearing the reasons behind each appointment, my opining is starting to turn. Perhaps this could be a good year after all. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Fair shout, LYB. It is important that `comfort` does not become `complacency` or `cosiness`. It has been the Norwich way on occasions.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Well this is a LOT better NA JR MR and GH for CH PT and CC... We have swapped Cautious, Downbeat Manager for Hungry, Confident, Manager....Disengaged, clueless coaches for motivated disciplined coaches.... and added an experienced man to help with recruiting and contracts, which will prove essential for an inexperienced business manager like Adams... JR is the link between Adams and DM for player contract stuff as well as his contacts for recruitment... and most of all... all 4 of them have played for or worked with the club before and want to be here... let's hope it all comes together

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    jops

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Youre right to make that distinction, lyb. I have to agree with you.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Hold on a mo Cecil. That's a completely different context. Being comfortable with your colleagues is not the same as being comfortable that all will be fine and dandy. That's not comfort, that's complacency.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • i agree with Brew this time. No one should be feeling comfortable until we're in the top half of the EPL at the end of 2015-2016.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Why is Joe Royle here? He's doing for Adams what Frank Lampard senior did for Brendan Rodgers: Offering experience and advice to someone smart enough to be seeking it.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Neil talks a good game …………...

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    mervyn Lambert

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It`s no good choosing all your mates to work with you . Rather , they should be the best people available . Why Joe is here , I don`t know , either NA can do the job or not . He shouldn`t need someone to hold his hand . As an OAP who`s been out of the game for five years , Joe is yesterday`s man . No doubt , he`s Plan B , if results go badly in the early part of the season .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It's all about results. I do not feel confident, but hope I am wrong, and that results will prove we have the right set-up. We must be in first or second place at the end of the 2014 15 season for all of this to be considered a success.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Agree, LYB. If NA is feeling comfortable with his team them that's a good base to operate from. Interesting last sentence above.It's player recruitment I'm a bit concerned about. We need someone on board with a finger in a few pies.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Nowt wrong with being comfortable with your colleagues Brew.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Comfortable. That is the problem. Too comfortable.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Paul Smith, therein lies the advantage of having a radio presenter as a manager. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • This could be a great team. NA and DM seem to be making all the right moves here. NA really knows how to use the press. I'm looking forward to the new season already. COYY.

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    Paul Smith

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It sounds like the right message to me, I really hope that it comes good for the club and I don't see why it shouldn't - good luck Neil, hope you can make it happen.

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    LR Series 2A

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • “We want to get people smiling again and off their seats when they come to Carrow Road." Can't see the stewards being happy about that Neil!

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    Whatyoutalkinaboutwillis!

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Yep, Back Room sorted & I'm personally quite pleased with how it looks. In fact I haven't been this optimistic about the future since we signed Ricky van Wolfs...oh.. Seriously though, I'm a happy Canary today

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Brycland

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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